What You Should Pack in Your “Go Bag”

Babies come when they want, and you want to be ready to go at a moment’s notice! Even though I went into labor on my due date, I was still surprised. I’m so glad I had my “go bag” packed ahead of time.

Although, looking back now, I wish I would have packed it differently. Today, I’m going to share with you what I packed versus what I actually used. Hopefully this helps some of you soon-to-be-mamas out there as you get your bags ready for the big day!

What I Packed

For me:

  • Sweat pants
  • Button up shirt
  • Pajama set
  • Good robe
  • “Throw away” robe- because I thought I would hate the hospital gowns and want to wear something more comfortable but I didn’t want to worry about washing it if it got messy
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, Conditioner, Bodywash Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Floss, Chapstick, Deodorant
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Book
  • Brush
  • Hair Ties
  • Headband
  • Underwear
  • Nursing bras
  • Jeans
  • Pads
  • Phone Charger

For Baby:

  • Going home outfit: Onesie, pants, jacket
  • An extra onesie
  • A receiving blanket
  • A knit blanket (made by my grandma)
  • A hat
  • Mittens
  • Socks

What I didn’t need

For me:

  • Underwear
  • PJ set
  • Books
  • “Throw away” robe
  • Pads
  • Sweat pants

Some of the things I didn’t end up using might seem surprising to you. Underwear, for example. The truth is, they gave me some mesh underwear, and while they aren’t glamorous, I still preferred them. They were pretty comfy, and I didn’t have to worry about ruining the ones I brought (even though I bought them specifically for this purpose and wouldn’t have minded having to throw them away).

Same thing went with my “throw away” robe. I honestly spent pretty much my entire stay in the hospital gown. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all; it was easy to get in and out of for check ups and breastfeeding, and again, I didn’t have to worry about it getting ruined!

I also didn’t have time to read my books. Seriously, did I think I would? Even if my labor hadn’t gone super quickly, I wouldn’t have wanted to sit there and read. I had my laptop; there was a TV in the room… I was in pain. I wasn’t in the mood to snuggle up with a book. And after baby was born? All I wanted to do was stare at her!

And, my PJ set (the one I bought specifically for the hospital) never got worn… Putting on clothes was just too much of a hassle, honestly. I didn’t actually get dressed until we were leaving. Even when people came to visit, I just stayed in bed, in my hospital gown, completely covered up and cozy.

For Baby:

  • Receiving blanket
  • Extra onesie

We used the blankets at the hospital from the time she was born until we left. We only used the cozy blanket we brought for pictures (my grandma made it) and to take her home.

We didn’t put her in clothes until we left, either. So, the extra onesie wasn’t needed. We did put her in the hat we brought from home because the one they gave her at the hospital kept slipping down over her eyes. And her mittens came in handy (even though they were huge and kept falling off), and the same goes for her socks.

Final Lists/ Thoughts/ Tips:

What I needed for me:

  • Button up shirt- to go home
  • Good robe- I wore it to go for a quick walk around the floor
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, Conditioner, Bodywash Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Floss, Chapstick, Deodorant
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Brush
  • Hair Ties
  • Headband
  • Nursing bras
  • Jeans- to go home and walking around the floor
  • Phone Charger

What I needed for baby:

  • Going home outfit: Onesie, pants, jacket
  • A knit blanket (made by my grandma)
  • A hat
  • Mittens
  • Socks

Final Thoughts: Things you might want but aren’t necessary

I also brought my pump, thinking that I would have the lactation consultant show me how to use it. I didn’t take it out once. And, I brought some makeup, which I did put on for the pictures. We also brought an essential oil diffuser.

My husband packed his own bag, and he brought clothes, his computer, and books. It would have been nice for him to have brought an extra blanket and a towel (he didn’t like the hospital towels. I didn’t mind them).

Some women bring cute matching robe/baby outfits for after baby is born. Some women bring their own pillows. I’ve seen lists that include everything from snacks to diapers. For me, I didn’t need anything more than what I showed on the list above. You may be different, though.

My advice when packing your bag?

  1. Take a tour of your hospital/ maternity wing before (if you can). Ask what they provide! A lot of hospitals give you pretty much everything. For example, ours gave us enough diapers and wipes that we ended up taking a bunch home!
  2. Remember that you’re going to be going through something huge. What does that mean for you? For me, it meant that I wanted to just sit in the moment and absorb it. I didn’t want books, or matching outfits, or anything special. I just wanted my baby. If you want to make the moment special by taking adorable pictures twinning with your little one, go for it. If you want to kick back with a book after hours of labor, no one will blame you. It’s your experience, so bring what you need to make it the absolute best for you, your baby, and your family.
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